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Tips for Helping Students Analyze Rhetoric and a List of Rhetorical Devices

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 11, 2012 9:32:03 PM

Rhetoric in its simplest form is the art of persuasive writing or speech.  For thousands of years, politicians and orators have been known for their use of rhetoric to influence and persuade an audience to their side or way of thinking.  Rhetoric is all around us, in the form of political speeches, commercials, art, television, movies, newspaper and magazine articles—even in our everyday conversations.  Each time we want to get our way, or take out our money to buy a product we have seen in a commercial, we are either using rhetoric or are persuaded by the use of rhetoric.  While various media use different ways of appealing to an audience, they each have the same purpose: to persuade.

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